How controlled is the EVE market?

As a new player as I search through the markets for things to buy, I often think if there are alliances that have complete control over blueprints and manufacturing? I guess my question is how much of the market are big Sellers with deep pockets and high skills points and how much of the market are small solo sellers? Anyone have a feeling on this topic?

Skill points don’t really matter beyond just the number of slots.
Though even then, most of the wealthiest players don’t use 'em all up.

Most people dabble in the market and don’t actually “specialize” on anything. They use third party tools to scan the market for items that have good margins, and they shuffle around, keeping pace as the market ebbs and flows.

The most successful players stay away from the 0.01 isk game, since you’re literally wasting 5 minutes of your life struggling over 0.01 isk gains. Your life is better spent on other things.

As for control, it’s not as bad as it used to be with Tech moons. However, it’s still pretty possible for individuals or alliances to make waves in the market.

No single entity in the game has “complete control” over blueprints or manufacturing. All Tech 1 BPOs can be acquired in some fashion or another from NPCs and even you can jump straight into that with minimal skills. And Invention has made Tech 2 BPOs nothing more than just a collector’s item.

The actual difference comes in your skill as a player. Building connections, making partners, finding ways of acquiring goods that other people struggle with, etc. You can’t inject SP into that kind of skill.

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The richest players in the past indeed played the 1isk game they however used bots to do so. The richest players in EVE are commonly no different or smarter than your average mid wealth player, they’ve over the years just automated the easily scaled up content in eve &/or put ungodly effort into these scalable gains. It’s a fairly brain dead endevour which CCP encouraged in the past.

There are true exceptions of players who have not simply found a grind & massively scaled it up with automation or multi boxing. The game is old and these exceptions are harder to find as most exciting new avenues have been tapped dry or capped off by CCP game changes.

You’ll find many space rich players enjoy finding these margin gains despite their rarity with each further patch. But you’ll also find people multiboxing 20 Rorqs or 300 exhumers, yawn.

20 rorqs in goons + 20 in pandemic + 20 in test + …